Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership Studies - Master of Science in Human Development and Leadership

The dual master's degrees in Nonprofit Leadership Studies (NLS) and Human Development and Leadership (HDL) at Murray State University enable students to take a five-semester or six-semester sequence of courses leading to two degrees – a master’s degree in NLS and a master’s degree in HDL. Students are required to comply with the specific policies set up by the dual master’s degree in which they have been admitted.

Application and Admission
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education and must declare at the time of application the intention to pursue a dual degree in NLS/HDL. The normal criteria for admission to each program apply. Students may be conditionally accepted in one or both programs of the dual degree, per individual programs’ policies. Conditionally admitted students will have to adhere to the policies set in place by the program(s) that granted the conditional admission. If a student only meets the admission criteria of one program, the applicant must apply separately to that single degree program and is then required to meet the graduation requirements of that program.

Academic Standing
Grade point averages (GPA) in the two programs are computed separately. To continue with the dual NLS/HDL degrees, students must meet the academic standards in each program. Students failing in one program but meeting academic standards in the other may reapply for admission to the degree program in which the student is able to meet the academic standards and may transfer in completed course work that is applicable to that program.

Course Progression
Students are required to work consistently toward both degrees. Students will be assigned one advisor from each program to support students’ successful course progression, and students are expected to meet with each advisor at least once each semester to ensure both programs are being completed in a timely manner.

Graduation Criteria
Students in the NLS/HDL program meet graduation criteria of each program. The final capstone course will fulfill the comprehensive examinations requirement of both programs. The degrees in NLS and HDL must be awarded at the same time.

Please visit this web page from the Office of the Registrar to access current Academic Bulletins for information regarding curriculum requirements and course descriptions.